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HERE YOU WILL FIND smaller size piled rugs with sizes up to 180cms. or 6ft. in length with varying widths. Small pieces are sometimes woven by young Berber girls as part of their dowry.

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MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS RUG East of Marrakech in the foothills of the High Atlas lies the town of Azilal. It is a gathering point for rugs such as this from dozens of surrounding rural villages. The weaver has portrayed two large "eyes" which are good luck charms and dominate the additional motifs such as flowers and trees. It is an old piece in excellent condition and is soft and lustrous. Its square shape means it is very versatile. Reference 2567. Size 163 x 140cms. 5ft.4in. x 4ft.7in. Euros 450.

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS RUG East of Marrakech in the foothills of the High Atlas lies the town of Azilal. It is a gathering point for rugs such as this from dozens of surrounding rural villages. The weaver has portrayed two large "eyes" which are good luck charms and dominate the additional motifs such as flowers and trees. It is an old piece in excellent condition and is soft and lustrous. Its square shape means it is very versatile. Reference 2567. Size 163 x 140cms. 5ft.4in. x 4ft.7in. CLOSE UP.

ON MY TRAVELS at the start of the High Atlas.

THE IMPOSING SNOW COVERED peaks lie ahead. There are about 600 villages in the foothills. The little known Berber tribes of the Ait bou Ichaouen live in the high peaks which lead to the Algerian border.

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS RUG A bright, colourful rug with a random scattering of Berber designs and motifs throughout the field. The colours are a deliberate contrast to the endless browns and greys of the eastern High Atlas. The rug is intact and in excellent condition with interesting braided ends on each kilim. An old piece. Reference 2715. Size 180 x 140cms. 6ft. x 4ft.7in. Euros 680.

MOROCCAN BERBER HIGH ATLAS RUG A bright, colourful rug with a random scattering of Berber designs and motifs throughout the field. The colours are a deliberate contrast to the endless browns and greys of the eastern High Atlas. The rug is intact and in excellent condition with interesting braided ends on each kilim. An old piece. Reference 2715. Size 180 x 140cms. 6ft. x 4ft.7in. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN MIDDLE ATLAS BERBER RUG originating from the Berbers of the region of Boujad where it was woven around 40/50 years ago. It is a piece which was used by a Berber family probably as a hanging or room divider because it has remnants of the original built in loops for hanging at each top corner. The design of squares throughout is typical of Boujad although the color combinations differ greatly. It appears as if the first weaver had decided to arrange the squares on a diagonal pattern but either gave up or handed over to another weaver after only a small part was completed. This again is very typical Boujad practice. The rug is in excellent condition and is an authentic, old, Berber piece. I found it in the region. Reference 2821. Size 157 x 85 cms., or 5ft. 2ins. x 2ft. 10ins. Euros 280.

MOROCCAN MIDDLE ATLAS BERBER RUG originating from the Berbers of the region of Boujad where it was woven around 40/50 years ago. It is a piece which was used by a Berber family probably as a hanging or room divider because it has remnants of the original built in loops for hanging at each top corner. The design of squares throughout is typical of Boujad although the color combinations differ greatly. It appears as if the first weaver had decided to arrange the squares on a diagonal pattern but either gave up or handed over to another weaver after only a small part was completed. This again is very typical Boujad practice. The rug is in excellent condition and is an authentic, old, Berber piece. I found it in the region. Reference 2821. Size 157 x 85 cms., or 5ft. 2ins. x 2ft. 10ins. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN BERBER RUG A recent piece from the Beni Mrirt Berber group in the Middle Atlas which has the dense knotting and soft, lustrous shades of creamy wool found only in the best pieces. Rural Berber weavers often based their designs on everyday things and here we have a portrayal of a group of stylised trees with a river running through them. There is good information and several colour plates of Mrirt rugs in the text book "Maroc - Tapis de Tribus". Reference 2703. Size 132 x 82cms. 4ft. 4ins. Euros 280.

MOROCCAN BERBER RUG A recent piece from the Beni Mrirt Berber group in the Middle Atlas which has the dense knotting and soft, lustrous shades of creamy wool found only in the best pieces. Rural Berber weavers often based their designs on everyday things and here we have a portrayal of a group of stylised trees with a river running through them. There is good information and several colour plates of Mrirt rugs in the text book "Maroc - Tapis de Tribus". Reference 2703. Size 132 x 82cms. 4ft. 4ins. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN BERBER RUG from the Beni Ourain Berbers in the Middle Atlas mountains. The knotting is the looped pile technique and the colours are of the various shades of glossy, lustrous wools which are not dyed. The unusual square shape makes for a very versatile piece which can be used on the floor or as a wall hanging or throw for a sofa or bench. The rug is old and in perfect condition. Reference 2707. Size 160 x 155 cms., or 5ft. 3ins. x 5ft. 1ins. Euros 580.

MOROCCAN BERBER RUG from the Beni Ourain Berbers in the Middle Atlas mountains. The knotting is the looped pile technique and the colours are of the various shades of glossy, lustrous wools which are not dyed. The unusual square shape makes for a very versatile piece which can be used on the floor or as a wall hanging or throw for a sofa or bench. The rug is old and in perfect condition. Reference 2707. Size 160 x 155 cms., or 5ft. 3ins. x 5ft. 1ins. CLOSE UP.

THIS IS WHERE I FIND YOUR RUGS. Every Monday at about mid-day the rugs found in the various Middle Atlas mountain villages the previous week are brought to this dusty square in the town of Khemisset. Those not sold are usually then sent on to the larger dealers in Marrakech which is a further 8 hour drive to the south. I hunt here for the most interesting rugs, bags and kilims.

MEET YOUR SUPPLIERS. These are sheep belonging to the Beni Ourain Berbers in the Middle Atlas mountains. The wool is lustrous, rich in lanolin, and is carefully sheared, washed, carded and spun. Often the Berbers do not dye the wool but rely on the shades of black, charcoal, many greys and browns and of course the whites and ivories.

MEET ONE OF MY SUPPLIERS..... This old Berber drives his 42 year old Peugeot pickup truck every month 450 kilometres each way from the Anti Atlas to Marrakech gathering rugs in the villages along the way. I always try and meet him and have bought many great and interesting pieces.

MOROCCAN BERBER INSCRIBED PRAYER RUG which is an extremely rare example from the Ait bou Ichaouen Berbers in the eastern High Atlas. I know of no other published similar rug. The attribution is based on the unique weave pattern seen from the reverse and there is a virtually identical weave shown as plate 68 in the text book "Ait bou Ichaouen" by researchers Alfred and Suzanne Saulniers. The rug is old and has the original hanging loops at each top corner. There is minor wear in the field which corresponds exactly to the place where the knees and feet of the person praying would have been. An outstanding and serious rug which will grace any Berber collection. Reference 2762. Size 163 x 84 cms., or 5ft. 4ins. x 2ft. 9ins. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN BERBER INSCRIBED PRAYER RUG which is an extremely rare example from the Ait bou Ichaouen Berbers in the eastern High Atlas. I know of no other published similar rug. The attribution is based on the unique weave pattern seen from the reverse and there is a virtually identical weave shown as plate 68 in the text book "Ait bou Ichaouen" by researchers Alfred and Suzanne Saulniers. The rug is old and has the original hanging loops at each top corner. There is minor wear in the field which corresponds exactly to the place where the knees and feet of the person praying would have been. An outstanding and serious rug which will grace any Berber collection. Reference 2762. Size 163 x 84 cms., or 5ft. 4ins. x 2ft. 9ins. Euros 1450.

MOROCCAN BERBER TRIBAL RUG. This is an old piece from the Beni Sadden Berbers, a small group who live in the eastern section of the Middle Atlas Mountains east of the city of Fes. Beni Sadden weaving is very distinctive. The rugs are dense and heavy and the use of squares and diamonds often filled with Berber motifs are often used. Output is small and they are difficult to find. The best reference which gives much information and 18 color plates is in "Maroc - Tapis de Tribus" pages 44 to 51. Reference 2785. Size 163 x 140 cms., or 5ft. 4ins. x 4ft. 7ins. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN BERBER TRIBAL RUG. This is an old piece from the Beni Sadden Berbers, a small group who live in the eastern section of the Middle Atlas Mountains east of the city of Fes. Beni Sadden weaving is very distinctive. The rugs are dense and heavy and the use of squares and diamonds often filled with Berber motifs are often used. Output is small and they are difficult to find. The best reference which gives much information and 18 color plates is in "Maroc - Tapis de Tribus" pages 44 to 51. Reference 2785. Size 163 x 140 cms., or 5ft. 4ins. x 4ft. 7ins. Euros 595.

MOROCCAN ARAB RUG. The vast flat land between the coastal city of Essaouira and inland city of Marrakech is known as the Haouz. The rugs are very different to those woven in the various mountain ranges in that the weavers are of Arab descent, not Berbers, and also the amount of goat hair used in weaving. Goats feast on the fruits of the huge areas of Argan trees. Their hair may be used to weave a complete rug, or, more often, mixed with wool for warps and knotted pile. Rugs are sometimes monochrome or will have few scattered motifs in the field. Although this rug looks to be of one color it has a pile of undyed mixed goat hair and madder dyed sheep wool and close inspection shows many shades and hues. It is an old piece from the Chiadma region. Reference 2786. Goats climb the Argon trees and eat the berries which make the oil. It gives their hair a wonderful lustre when used in rug weaving. It appears as if the resourceful weaver of the rug opposite rug used a variety of hand spun wools and goat hair to make a supple and floppy piece to be used as a cover for warmth.

MOROCCAN ARAB RUG. The vast flat land between the coastal city of Essaouira and inland city of Marrakech is known as the Haouz. The rugs are very different to those woven in the various mountain ranges in that the weavers are of Arab descent, not Berbers, and also the amount of goat hair used in weaving. Goats feast on the fruits of the huge areas of Argan trees. Their hair may be used to weave a complete rug, or, more often, mixed with wool for warps and knotted pile. Rugs are sometimes monochrome or will have few scattered motifs in the field. Although this rug looks to be of one color it has a pile of undyed mixed goat hair and madder dyed sheep wool and close inspection shows many shades and hues. It is an old piece from the Chiadma region. Reference 2786. Size 166 x 109 cms., or 5ft. 6ins. x 3ft. 7ins. Euros 390.

RARE BERBER MOROCCAN HORSE COVER which I found in a small village in the High Atlas. The owner was also the local dyer and the cover had a few small splashes of the Henna dye he specialized in on the surface. It is very old and has been in use. Along the way it also gathered a few catches and bruises to the ends. However, the age, depth and intensity of colors and its authenticity as a used Berber artefact made up for the disadvantages and I took it. Forgive the blemishes and enjoy it for its overall beauty. Reference 2722. Size 114 x 117 cms., or 3ft. 9ins. x 4ft. 2ins. Euros, only 360.

COLD EARLY MORNING IN A BERBER HIGH ATLAS VILLAGE and the rugs gathered by this family of dealers are about to be driven to the bazaar in Marrakech, two hundred miles away, for sale. Occasionally I find a treasure which will definately NOT make it to Marrakech. A good start to the day.